Image Schemas in Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business: (Pre-) Conceptualization of Canada
Canadá y América Latina: Relaciones Económicas, Migraciones e Identidad, pp. 157-173, Buenos Aires: Universidad de Buenos Aires/Habana: Universidad de la Habana, Libro Seminecal 2010
Posted: 29 Nov 2010
Date Written: November 20, 2010
This paper is an attempt to explore the image schemas of SOURCE-PATH-GOAL and CONTAINMENT as presented in Robertson Davies’s novel "Fifth Business" and to relate them to our conceptualization of Canada. Firstly, the paper provides the short definitions of the terms necessary for understanding image schemas in general. Secondly, it deals with the two mentioned image schemas and tries to locate their presence in the novel. The purpose of this is to make us able to understand the ways in which these image schemas subconsciously influence our conceptualization of the narrative and of various Canada-specific issues explored in it. On one hand, SOURCE-PATH-GOAL image schema proves to be very interesting for the study of the complex identity of Canada and its people. On the other hand, CONTAINMENT image schema seems to be what lies behind our ability to view the Canadian small-town community described in the novel as an isolated environment.
Keywords: literary semantics, image schemas, coneptualization, Canada
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